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#96 “Vinho Verde” October 10, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on October 10, 2014

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WINE WORD OF THE DAY

Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 10th and on this day in 1813 Giuseppe Verdi was born.  Or was it the October 9th? Who knows, since I suppose records weren’t kept very well back then in Italy…

Anyway, if you like operas, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was your guy, as he was one of the greatest operatic composers of the nineteenth century.

If I had to pick a favorite opera it would have to be La traviata because of the song “Libiamo ne' lieti calici”, which means “let’s drink from the joyful cups” (and I do think Verdi means wine, here, Jill).
 

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day: Vinho Verde
 

This could be one of our best stretches yet, Jill, since Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine and has absolutely nothing to do with famed Italian composer, Verdi.
 

But this is what we do.
 

Vinho Verde is not a grape but a region in the far north-west  of Portugal. The name means “green wine” but that really translate into “young wine”. These wines could be white, red, or rose, but they are all suppose to be drunk within a year of bottling.  
 

What is crazy about this region is there are 10’s of thousands of producers of this wine. And most growers train their vines high off the ground– up trees, fences and even telephone poles so that they can grow vegetables for their families below the vines.
 

So, in order to make a little green from green wine, you have to pick it out of the blue sky.

 

For transcripts, links and more Toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical fact or tips on how I can grow chardonnay vines on utility wires over Main Street in Cambria, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, cheers to you!

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Birthdays

Oz Barron

Harvest Update

Game Night!
 

Come see our scarecrow, Wally the Water Watcher

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS  

UPS drivers on retainer  (Utah)

Freaky.
http://www.psfk.com/2014/10/levitating-cocktail-machine-drink-droplets-air.html

 

It’s all in moderation. And No Smoking, not a deterrent for wine drinkers.

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50650

 

AVA’s gone wild.

http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=56767

 

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Oh, fickle Libra, you are looking for your freedom right now.  Trouble with that is that someone close to you might not understand.  They think you’re leaving for good.  So open one of your best bottles of wine and just remind them that every now and then, you just need a little space to do things on your own.  Then take that bottle to the other room, lock the door behind you and enjoy the rest by yourself.  Just remember the lock on that door works both ways.

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA
Corks have not always been the wine closure of choice.  As late as the mid 17th century, French winemakers would soak rags in oil and stuff them into the necks of the bottles.  That’s just nasty.

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#95 “Pelure D’oignon” October 3, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on October 3, 2014

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TODDCAST EPISODE 95: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

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Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 3rd.  And on this day in 1974, one of the greatest footballers in history, Pele, retired from Brazillian soccer.  Though past his prime, he was coaxed out of retirement a few years later to play with an American team, the New York Cosmos.  Hailed as a National Hero during his time in Brazil, Pele was the highest paid athlete in the world and one of the most revered.  

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Pelure d’oignon     (peh-LEWR dohn-YAWN)

French for “onion skin” which refers to the brownish-orange tint some rosé wines develop as they age. Rose wines have a range of colors from the palest pink to a darker translucent red. For some reason, somewhere on this color scale, the French decided to call this orangish hue “onion skin”.  Fortunately, there are no actual onions in the wine.

I think the official body that names all the colors of Rose wine have finally come to their senses. It looks like they will rename this color “Mango”. I guess “onion skin” no longer makes the cut…and no one is going to cry about that.

For transcripts links and more Toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. If you have any words, historical facts, or wine pairing tips for onion rings please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com

And until next time cheers to YOU.

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

BIRTHDAYS 
Joyce Gianera
Randy Cheek
De Jaun Jones
Tom Laycook

Harvest Happenings

Scarecrow Festival-come meet Wally

Game Night!!  Oct. 18th, San Simeon Pines Resort

Save the Date:  Jan 24th, PCWT Winemaker Dinner
 
BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS 
 
Think it through, people.
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/news/local/jso-responding-suspicious-package-deerwood/nhNPn/
 
Are those grapes true Texan?

http://cravedfw.com/2014/09/26/is-that-really-a-texas-wine-that-you-are-being-served-at-the-texas-state-fair/

Good news, teens. 

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/red-wine-could-hold-key-to-acne-cure/

 
HAMMERED HOROSCOPES
Libra, you’ve been working so hard lately you might be feeling the strain.  Are your nerves on edge?  Snapping at everyone? That’s not like you.  Time for a hot bubble bath and a cool glass of bubbly.  Treat yourself kindly and those around you will be more at ease as well. 


ALCOHOL TRIVIA
Of course we all know that the Mayflower brought Pilgrims to the New World.  But did you know that prior to that infamous journey, the Mayflower was used to transport alcohol between Spain and England.  It might have been the first “booze cruise.” 

 
CREDITS
Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

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#93 “Cornas” September 19, 2014

September 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 94: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Today is September 19th and on this day in 1995, we lost popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher.  By the 1970’s Orville had captured over one third of the world popcorn market.  Though his company has been sold multiple times, the corn […]

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#93 “Rack” August 29, 2014

August 28, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 93: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY   Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 29th.  And summer is pretty much over and we’re getting back on track podcast-wise if harvest doesn’t get in the way!   On this day in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway in […]

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#92 “Crossing” August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 92: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 8th and on this day in 1963, the British woke up to disturbing news.  A large gang of thieves ambushed a Royal Mail train heading to London and made off with over 2.5 million pounds. […]

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#91 “Saignee” August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 91: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings from the east Moonstoners, today is August 1st, and we have been AWOL for a few weeks.  But we return in time for a bloody day in history.  It seems August 1st has been a pretty deadly day in […]

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#90 “Heavy” July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 90: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY (Opener)  Jill, I drove all day today and I’m feeling a little punchy   Greetings from the road Moonstoners, today is July 11th  and we say happy birthday to Leon Spinks.  Neon Leon, as he was called, became the Heavyweight […]

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#89 “Bonds” July 4, 2014

July 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 89: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Greetings revelers, it’s the 4th of July,but before the fireworks go off, let’s say happy birthday to  one of the most infamous bond traders in history, Michael Milken. Known as the King of the junk bonds, Milken spent 22 months […]

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#88 “Settling” June 13, 2014

June 12, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 88: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is Friday the 13th.  And on this day in 2005, just down the road from us in Santa Maria, a jury acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges in a scandalous case where Michael was accused of […]

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#87 “Press” June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 87: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is June 6th and we’re finally back!     But first, on this day in 2006, we lost legendary musician Billy Preston.  Preston was a child prodigy. By the tender age of 10, he was  playing gospel […]

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